It is time to
fill you in on our plans for 2008. It looks like it will be even more
challenging than 2007! But please allow Kim and me a moment to thank the
Lord for how He has filled 2007 with so many reminders of His
-Our daughter Allison and Daniel had their first son,
Noah, born in June born with a blocked
kidney. Many of you prayed and he is fully
recovered from surgery for a blocked
ureter. He was so cute at
Africa Mercy was deployed to Africa and Glenn was able to do the very first surgery on
board in July in Liberia. With two operating rooms for eye
patients, more can be done than ever before.
-Many Liberians (including at
least 15 "pastors") started a personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus and many more received the love of Jesus for the first time as they
where cared for by people from all over the world coming together to serve them
in Jesus name.
received two large financial gifts in
addition to all the ongoing gifts that made it possible for us to
take care of our extensive missions travels costs
plus our medical needs, our first vacation in three years, and our aging
house! Roofs are necessary, but expensive!
-Glenn completed development of a comprehensive strategy for
Mercy Ships that should guide us through the next 5 to 10 years. This was
a two year project that Glenn began developing when he accepted the position as
VP of Programs for Mercy Ships. All the
leadership of Mercy Ships has approved and we are on the way! Click Here for those who are interested in reading it!
(mostly Glenn) got over his big scare when Kim developed a serious
African viral illness while he was away from the ship and
unable to contact her. Kim has fully recovered and hopefully won't
have another patient throw up on her in the future!
-Glenn has been making new and
timely strategic connections outside
Mercy Ships this year that will really
help expand the kingdom impact of Mercy Ships including Christian Medical Association and Telemedicine.
did experience the sorrow of
our youngest daughter Jessilynn's 3 children being permanently taken away from her.
But even in the grief there has been
unexplainable peace and gladness that these children are safely in a Christian home
now and we have been able to keep